by Leziel G. Bandiola and Bubot V. Sueta, AUGUST 2021
Last June 2021, we showed you the design and specification of MPT South Hub and how it helps and contributes to our environment. This time, we would like to highlight in detail its sustainable features, a heroic endeavor in reducing carbon footprint in the environment.
Parking Spaces and Transportation
- Solar panels are installed on all car parking sheds to reduce the buildings carbon dioxide emission while at the same time-saving extra on energy consumption.
- Preferred parking spaces for hybrid and electronic vehicles to support their use. Charging stations are also provided.
- Facilities for bicycles.
Landscape and Walking or Jogging Paths
- Implemented erosion and sedimentation control plan.
- Preserved biodiversity with the use of locally available plants that provide visual interest and pedestrian oriented walking or jogging paths promoting healthy physical activities.
- Heat island reduction through covered parking spaces and permeable sidewalk and parking pavement.
- Rainwater harvesting to reduce water run-off.
- Use of modern water-efficient fixtures to reduce water consumption by more than 40%.
- Selection of diverse and local plants to reduce water consumption by 50%.
- Harvested rain for irrigation.
- Provided water meters for better monitoring of water consumption.
Energy and Atmosphere
- Reduced the energy consumption by at least 90% by the use of efficient air-conditioning system, daylighting, low-e building envelope and solar energy system.
- Equipped with Building Management System (BMS), and time controlled LED lighting fixtures to contribute to the reduction in electricity consumption.
Indoor Environmental Quality
- “No Smoking Policy” inside the building and within 10 meters from the entrances.
- Biophilic design, connecting the occupants to the natural environment via vision glazing and introducing daylight into the space-enhancing occupants’ health, well-being, and productivity.
- The building is enclosed with passive energy-saving Low-E (low emissivity) glass facade walls which minimizes infrared and ultraviolet rays but allows for full daylight illumination.
- Implemented an Indoor Air Quality Management plan during construction.
- Modern but an energy-efficient air-conditioning system that has both supply and exhaust of natural air provides both cooling comfort and healthy fresh air environment to occupants.
By aiming for LEED certification, the design of MPT South hub is based on a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. Aspiring for a LEED certification will stand for leadership and demonstrate that building of MPT South Hub is as designed, built, and operates as intended. A LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
Resource Person: Charisse S. Alfaro, Tollways Development Support
About the writers:
Leziel G. Bandiola. On the job with ISO 9001 Quality Management System for more than five years and counting. Since I transferred here in MPTS I have been exposed to Environment, Safety and Health. I have been with the newsletter team for more than a year now, a lot of lesson was learned and more exciting facts to unveiled as I work with this growing team.<3
Bubot V. Sueta. Environment Safety and Health Specialist, father of three beautiful children, a loving and faithful husband…. Graduated in Centro Escolar University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication Major in Broadcast. A Safety Officer for 10 years. Safety at work and home are his priorities. Ensures that the Project Site are free from hazards, all workers at site are knowledgeable on their activity and have a core value of safety awareness. The goal is to deliver the project on time with Quality and most importantly with ZERO Loss Time Incident.